(Word) Goals for 2018

2018. It’s a beautiful number really. Today I switched to a brand new, colorful calendar. πŸ˜‰ Since it’s the beginning of a new year, I find it helpful and natural to set personal goals.

Last year, I set a few basic word-related goals for myself (you can read that updated post here to see how I did) to stay on track while still leaving room for spontaneity and God’s plans I could never even imagine. πŸ˜€ So, this is really more of a “suggested to-do list” and not an “I-will-die-if-these-don’t-happen” thing. πŸ˜‰


Blogging goals:

  1. Keep to my schedule of three posts a week. This seems to work well for me and my readers, so I think I’ll stick with it for the time being. πŸ˜‰ And of course, there will be some fun extra posts (like parties!!!!) once in a while. πŸ˜‰
  2. Interview six authors. I love getting to interact with other authors and showcase their work. πŸ˜‰ If you’re an author who would like to be interviewed, please contact me!

Reading goals (do I even need these?? πŸ˜€ ):

  1. Read 50 books. This is probably my favorite goal of the year, actually. πŸ˜› I’m participating in the Goodreads reading challenge again, and I’m excited to start in on it. πŸ˜‰ *chants* Books, books, lots o’ books…
  2. Four of those books have to be non-fiction. I have bad reading habits. As in, I read almost no non-fiction. Reading entirely for pleasure doesn’t stretch my brain as much as I could. So I’m planning to read more non-fiction. πŸ˜‰
  3. Read my Bible regularly. I don’t have a specific plan yet (we’re still discussing one), but I’d like to honor God by staying in close communication with Him.

Writing goals:

  1. Publish my novel, “Kiera”. This would be my first ever novel. It’s on several topics dear to my heart. *sucks in breath*
  2. Publish a sequel to The Twin Arrows. To tell the truth, I’m actually a little afraid of this one. πŸ˜‰ To make a book similar to its predecessor but not the same is intimidating. And exciting. πŸ˜€ And I love these characters. I think you will too. Okay, I take back the scared. πŸ˜‰
  3. Participate in NaNoWriMo. Somehow this gets on here every year. πŸ˜€ It’s like a gold medal for Olympians or something. But I am hoping and praying to get to do it. πŸ˜‰
  4. Write four short stories. I find short stories satisfying to write and fun to share, so I’m sure there will be a few of those this year. πŸ˜‰

Those are my word-related goals for this year! What are your goals? I’d love to hear them in the comments!


13 thoughts on “(Word) Goals for 2018

  1. Sounds like an awesome plan for the year!! I am going to try to read more nonfiction this year to! I just don’t pick up non fiction enough. =/
    I”M SO EXCITED ABOUT KIERA!!!!! The world needs that book. Also I’m really excited about going back to The Twin Arrows. =D
    I haven’t really made my goals yet. Yes, I am behind. ;P I’ve got to work on that.
    HAPPY NEW YEAR!! I can’t wait to see how God works this year out!

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    1. Thanks!! That’s cool! πŸ˜‰ I’m glad I’m not the only one…

      EEEEEEK!! Thank you. πŸ˜€ I’m excited (and impatient) too. πŸ˜‰ Aw, yay!!

      That just means you’ll have more time to get them how like them. πŸ˜‰

      You too!!!! He is good! πŸ˜‰


  2. Great post! I like setting goals for myself, as well. This year I would really like to publish at least 2 books, and my reading challenge is set for a goal of 55 books. (We’ll see if that happens! Haha ) I’m hoping to be able to really clean out my TBR list on Goodreads this year.
    Have a great Tuesday!

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  3. Oh, I really should try to set a few writing goals. *stares at all the stories that want me to write them and runs to grab a book already written so I can hide* I have a reading goal on Goodreads too. And I started a reading challenge on my website. Want to come join us? I’m actually really amazed at how many people have signed up. As for publishing goals . . . I have too many short stories that might be fun to publish, plus I want to write more *cringes at novels waiting to be written* but we’ll see. *hoping that appeases novel rage*

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    1. This is my brain exactly. πŸ˜‰ I want to do everything!!!

      Ooo, a reading challenge sounds super fun! I probably shouldn’t take on anything else at the moment, but I’ll think about it. πŸ˜‰

      Ha, ha!! Maybe you should make a deal with yourself. Like if you write one novel you can write three short stories or something… πŸ˜‰

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      1. Well, last night I needed to write. So I just started and it’s a short story about a teddy bear at a fair. It’s not much, but I at least wrote 1,520 words.

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  4. I look forward to your sequel to The Twin Arrows, Kate. I just finished reading it and thoroughly enjoyed it. Here is one of my favorite sentences from The Twin Arrows: “The cold raindrops stung her forehead and blurred her vision so the forest colors ran together like wet paint.”

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